Homeowner thwarts attempted vehicle theft

Police are looking for a male suspect after a homeowner here intervened while someone tried to steal her vehicle while she left it warming up.

On Jan. 8 at about 9am, a woman decided to warm up her car in her driveway on Sixth Line in Mapleton Township.

“The doors were left unlocked and she went back in to the home,” police said in a press release. “Shortly after, a vehicle was spotted pulling in to the driveway and a male entered the running vehicle.

“The owner confronted the male while he was attempting to leave with it. The male suspect got out of the vehicle and left in a white pickup truck (possibly a Chevrolet) that pulled up to the scene.”

Wellington County OPP officers patrolled the area but could not locate the suspects.

The male was described as white, unknown age, wearing a black hooded jacket. No description was provided for  the second person in the truck.

Anyone with information about this incident can call 1-888-310-1122 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police are reminding residents not to start cars and leave them unattended.

“Leaving a car running and unlocked in the driveway or parking lot is an open invitation for a thief to drive off with your vehicle that they normally may not steal,” police said.

“Never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, especially one that is running. And never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed, unventilated area due to the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.”